Man Who Made Threats On Jan. 6 Claimed To Be A Victim Of Racism - 2021-10-21
WASHINGTON — Troy Smocks, a Texas man who posted on the social network Parler on Jan. 6 urging supporters of former president Donald Trump to "go hunting" for Democrats, tech executives, and others, was sentenced on Thursday to 14 months in prison.
The sentence from US District Judge Tanya Chutkan was higher than what both Smocks and the prosecutor had asked for. Smocks has been in custody since his arrest in mid-January and argued for a sentence that was equivalent to the roughly nine months he'd already served. The government didn't back a specific amount of prison time but backed a sentence on the low end of the 8- to 14-month recommended range.
Smocks traveled to Washington on Jan. 6 but wasn't charged with participating in the riots. Instead, he was charged with — and ultimately pleaded guilty to — posting messages online throughout the day that promoted violence against anyone who didn't back Trump. He wrote that Trump's supporters should "prepare our weapons" and "go hunting" for Democrats, tech company executives, and "RINOS," a term that refers to "Republicans in Name Only."